So now that I chose the dining room for January, I suppose I should reveal the trouble spots I plan to address.
This is a view into the sun porch, where 4 of the 5 chairs reside. Two of them have no seat at all and 2 have severely damaged seats. The other one is in the dining room and does have a seat, but it's covered in some fake leatherette:
It's the one on the right. The chair on the left is an old desk chair that has followed Pete around, probably since childhood and it really shouldn't even be in the dining room. Plan of action: remove one chair, have remaining chairs reupholstered.
Next -- cookbook collection storage. Right now an old baker's rack holds the books, but does a very poor job of it. This needs to be removed (and sold in the garage sale) and replaced with a nice bookcase.
We also need curtains and a new curtain rod. The current rod is screwed right into the trim -- not good. We don't need much privacy here, so I'll probably just get two panels and forget about any kind of blinds or shears for now.
This is one of the small fixes I was talking about. The plastic knob on the dimmer fell off *every* time you turned on the light in this room -- so annoying! Pete took the dimmer apart and found that instead of replacing it, he could just pry the metal prongs apart a bit and the knob fit snugly. One problem solved!
This photo also illustrated another issue -- paint color. When I chose this paint color it was under difficult circumstances. All the furniture from half the first floor was shoved in the dining room because we were getting hardwood floors installed. I had to make the decision at night, while crawling over furniture. The paint is sage green and I was going for olive. Fortunately, the trim. paneling and ceiling were all painted at the time the sage color was done, so we just have to paint over the green part. I already chose the color -- Freshaire no VOC in Terrarium -- an olive-y khaki color.
And then there's the light fixture. Ugh, I think it might be original to the house (1920's), but the glass hurricanes appear to be much more recent (maybe 80's?) So if I can find replacement glass that I like, this might be an easy fix. I hate to replace the fixture if it is original. Not to mention that Pete and I have talked about making this into a pool room in the future, in which case we would be replacing it with one of those pool table lights.
Well, that should be more than enough to keep me busy this month in this room.
Remember to send me a link to your before photos! I have already received a few, but I'll wait to post the list of links until Wednesday.